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'O Mother, Where Art Thou?' fills in Dutch's past and determines the team's future on Killjoys

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Aug 31, 2018

**Spoiler Warning: There are spoilers for the Killjoys episode "O Mother, Where Art Thou?" below! Either you’ve already seen the episode or you’re here to find out what happened. If neither of those things is true, go watch, then come back and enjoy this recap. I can wait.**

Show of hands. Who's had their mind blown a bit by recent events on Killjoys? When we started all of this, we thought Dutch was just a badass assassin. Along the way, we discovered she grew up in a harem, almost married a prince, was accused of killing said prince, was trained by the man we discover is essentially her father to kill the woman who it turns out is her genetic twin but also created her, and, to top it all off, her mother Yalena (Karen Glave) has been in cryo for the last 250 years and didn't even know she existed.

Do I have all that?

First things first, Dutch got her name from her mother. Her strength of will as well, from the looks of it. Being one of The Nine (formerly The Ten) can do that. Not to mention having a father like Khlyen Kin Rit. His house may no longer be considered Qreshi royalty, but there's no doubt that Aneela Kin Rit and Yalena Yardeen come from some very royal lineages.

There's a nice symmetry in this episode that plays between Khylen and Yalena's journey and John and Dutch's when it comes to that pulsar. Which isn't really a pulsar but a hidden planet (neat trick, huh?). You have to appreciate a good "Oh god, oh god, we're all gonna die" moment.

I also really enjoyed the scenes with Khlyen and Yalena. We know Khlyen to be so enigmatic. Meeting a woman who can disarm him is refreshing. Seeing how much he loved her gives us even more of an understanding. It's a reminder that Khlyen once had a life and that he was as damaged by The Lady as anyone else. 

Granted, that doesn't mitigate the damage he did to Dutch, and I still fully agree with D'avin that Dutch was abused, but it offers an understanding and some sort of healing for them both.

You also have to appreciate the fact that Khlyen left 250-year-old breadcrumbs. That's what you call planning ahead.

Dutch and Yalena

Talk about a mother and child reunion. 

Let's start with the first part of this, which is Yalena being the face of the assassin Dutch saw in her memories. That's a neat turn of events. But even more interesting is how these two discover one another and who they are to each other. 

It's easy to see where Dutch got her strength of will and maybe some of her heart. Their time together was short. I hope we get to see more of it, and I hope Aneela makes it out alive so she can see her mother again.

Gared and Pree, Turin and Weej

What have they been doing to Gared? Loss of time on a Hullen ship can't be a good thing. I also love that the two of them are infiltrating the Hullen-occupied RAC. Warlord Pree is one of my favorite Prees, and there's something extra fun about this also being a teachable moment for Turin's newest recruit. I can't wait for Human School.

I'm also more and more curious about why Gared's so fired up about saving those kids. I'm not saying they shouldn't be saved, but his level of urgency has to have some sort of basis. I have a feeling something happened to him.

John and Lucy

These two always make me happy, but there's usually a lot happening so they don't get to spend quality time together. Not so in this case. John's a great guy and he's very respectful of Lucy, but he does tend to forget just how capable she is. Is he trying to look cool for her? Is that it?

Random Thoughts and Tidbits

Question: Is that castle the same castle we saw in The Green? Or is it another stone building? How many of these things do we have lying around, anyway?

"He's taking off his earrings. You have no idea how much shit you're in, but it's a lot."

"One of you cosplay jagoffs stop dicking around and tell me what the hells this place is."

Since it's in the room where Yalena is in cryosleep as one of the ancient Qreshi hangings, is that symbol we've been seeing everywhere the symbol of House Kin Rit?

Johnny Jaqobis, if you adjust Lucy's sass metric even a tick I'll be very upset with you.

Final Thought

In the end, this whole episode comes down to family, both found and biological. It comes down to saving what we love and fighting until you can't fight anymore. It means there's hope out there. That Aneela and Dutch and Yalena and John and Khlyen aren't beat yet.

It also means they need to get to D'av and Jaq before the Hullen do.

And they better do it soon.

Because The Lady has an unfrozen green pool.

We'll find out next week. See you then!


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